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Apple swings for the fences, again.

When it comes to announcing a new product, Apple knows how to set the stage and get people excited right up until the official announcement. Nowhere was this more obvious than with the launch of the original iPhone. The fervor surrounding the mobile handset didn't settle down when the first generation iPhone was announced in early January 2007 -- it continued until the eventual release of the phone in June of that year.

Speculation on the follow-up, the "3G iPhone", has been building ever since the first generation model was revealed -- but things really started getting a bit uproarious over the past few months. Case makers began leaking dimensions for the upcoming phone, supposed "leaked" pictures of the phone were drooled over by nearly ever gadget site on the web, and leaked firmware was picked over with a fine-tooth comb.

Apple today finally announced its next generation crowd pleaser. Apple is looking to address the shortcoming of its first effort this time around and further expand its popularity (Jobs previously stated that he wants 10 million iPhones sold within the first 18 months – it already surpassed the 6 million mark during its first year).

First things firsts – the worse kept secret about the second generation iPhone is its 3G capabilities. The first gen model was widely criticized for its slow EDGE cellular broadband capabilities. Apple is now matching the competition with the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G has tapered look with thinner edges, solid metal buttons, a black plastic backing, flush headphone jack [thank goodness], and vastly improved audio.

The faster cellular connectivity of the iPhone 3G allow for download speeds nearly as quick as WiFi and speeds that are 2.5 times as fast as EDGE. The iPhone 3G also sports better battery life than its predecessor. The iPhone 3G now supports 2G talk time of 10 hours, 3G talk time of 5 hours, 7 hours of video, 24 hours of audio, and 5-6 hours of high-speed web browsing.

Another big addition is fully integrated GPS tracking. IPhone 3G users can now get positioning information from WiFi, cell towers, and now the hardware GPS.

Apple also confirmed early speculation that price breaks would be in store for the new lineup of iPhones. The Cupertino, California-based company confirmed today that the new 8GB iPhone will be priced at $199 with a new two-year contract when it launches July 11, while the 16GB iPhone (which will be available in white at a later date) will set you back $299 under the same terms.

The iPhone 3G will be rolled out in 22 countries on July 11 (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the U.S.).

Apple first announced the Software Developer Kit (SDK) for the iPhone in early March along with the 2.0 firmware update. The SDK allows third-party manufacturers to create their own applications for the iPhone and iPod touch and upload them to the new iTunes App Store.

Developers are charged a $99 fee to publish each application to the iTunes App Store -- Apple also takes a 30% cut of the purchase price for each application sold to customers to cover hosting and processing fees. For generous developers that provide their apps for free on the iTunes App Store, the aforementioned hosting and processing fees are dropped.

Jobs noted that applications that are less than 10MB in size will be downloadable through the cell network – applications larger than 10MB will have to be downloaded through a WiFi connection of through the desktop iTunes application. Automatic updates for applications will also be pushed through to the device.

A number of applications were on display that were developed using the SDK including SEGA’s Super Monkey Ball (which will be available for $9.99 from the iTunes App Store), an integrated eBay tool complete with bidding and search, and a news reader provided for free by the Associated Press. The latter tool will send local news to you based on your location, save images, video, and text for offline viewing, and even allow you submit news as it happens.

The 2.0 software -- which is available not only for the iPhone 3G, but also to the original iPhone and iPod touch -- adds a number of new features to make the devices more corporate friendly. These include push email/calendar/contacts between an iPhone/Mac/PC via MobileMe, auto-discovery, global address lookup, Cisco IPsec VPN, Certificates and Identities, WPA2/802.11x, and remote wipe.

Other features include contacts search, bulk delete/move for emails, a new scientific calculator, and the ability to save images to the Photo Library. Microsoft PowerPoint documents are now supported as well.

IPhone users will receive the 2.0 software update for free, while iPod touch users will have to pay $9.99. The update will be available next month.

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RE: Very Impressive
By HrilL on 6/10/2008 1:47:55 PM , Rating: 2
While some of your points are true. A lot of them are supposed to be added in the 2.0 update. Also if you hack the phone many of those things you want can be added. As for the space you will also be able to have 20GB of space on that can be accessed from the iphone. Instant messaging has been there from the start. its called a WEB app. You can use which supports AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ and Meebo chats. As for the Keyboard I never had any problems with mine. And it didn't get that smugged either. I always kept it clean. And I tend to have clean hands so It didn't get dirty that often. I could see this as being a problem if you tend to have grimy hands. You can Customize your own ringtones you just need to get the free software online.

The battery is still one of its biggest flaws though. I had to charge my phone every night most of the time.

Its browser is better then anything I've used on any phones so far. You can do everything you can do on a PC pretty much. I used to use it all day long bored at work or on trips. Although it does lack flash support but that may be added later (Hopes)

Oh and if you turned off Bluetooth and wifi + change the screen darker you can get another hour or so out of the battery But it does make it hard to see in the bright sun. Indoors and at night it looks fine.

RE: Very Impressive
By Reclaimer77 on 6/10/2008 4:17:07 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, I'm honestly not trying to sound condescending. But after a year they made some common features standard. Some common features requiring a work around or download. And some common features requiring a " hack " to activate. Is that basically the deal ? All that AND I can't use Verizon ? What actually works out of the box on these things ?

Seriously, no thank you. Besides the service issue, I just don't have that much faith in batteries. So let me get this straight, I have to send Apple my phone which is probably LOADED with personal information, every time the battery goes dead ? How trusting ! No. No thanks.

If the Iphone came out 5 years ago, it would have been the coolest thing on the planet. But today there are just too many good similar and better products on the market that don't force me to make so many compromises at such a high premium.

RE: Very Impressive
By HrilL on 6/10/2008 5:03:17 PM , Rating: 2
It is sad apple hasn't added more common features but the truth is a lot of iphone users don't even use the ones it already has. I know a few other people with them (mostly girls) and they have said they never use it for music and videos. Hardly ever use safari and never use email. They use it for a phone and text messaging and that is about it. I asked why they even had an iphone then and they said because its the coolest phone to have.

Honestly I don't have much faith is MAC users in the first place. These are just the people At&t wants to have as customers. They don't mind getting ripped off and they'll hardly use their service.

Myself I was using 300-600MB of data a month but since I found out you can tether the phone to a pc I'll be using much much more. Although this does break the terms of service I don't care. Used to do it with my old phone and never had any complaints. Also in the TOS it says if you use more then 5GB a month they'll start to charge you more for the amount you go over 5GB or you can Cancel. Seems like a good way to get out of a 2 year contract.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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